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Male mating success in a fiddler crab: a lesson in sample sizes

Clark, Huon; Backwell, Patricia

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Autotomy and regrowth of a body part occurs in many animal species. It is costly to regrow the limb and there are often additional long-term costs in, for example, limb strength, foraging efficiency and even mating success. In the fiddler crab Uca mjoebergi, 7 % of males have autotomized and regrown their large claw at some point in their lives. Previous work has shown that there is a great disadvantage to having a regenerated claw. While these males are able to attract mate-searching females...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/103522
Source: Journal of Ethology
DOI: 10.1007/s10164-015-0454-4

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